Braves football will head to Wichita this weekend in search of its first win.
Ottawa (0-2) plays 7 p.m. Saturday at conference rival Friends University.
The Falcons (0-2) lost Saturday 28-13 at No. 11 Doane University.
The Braves are 7-1 against Friends dating back to 2009. They lost last year’s matchup 37-32 in Ottawa on the last game of the season.
Concordia 24, Ottawa 6
SEWARD, Nebraska — Ottawa got six points on the opening possession of the game. After that, the offense sputtered, and a three-turnover fourth quarter led to a 24-6 defeat at the hands of Concordia University Saturday in Seward, Nebraska.
Conner Byers, sophomore quarterback, found Mauricio Uribe, senior wide receiver, for a six-yard touchdown pass to cap off a 13-play, 75-yard drive in the first quarter to put the Braves up early. A key play came on third-and-five when Byers found Uribe for 20 yards to put the ball at the Concordia nine-yard-line. Ottawa scored two plays later.
The lead didn’t last long. The Bulldogs scored on a 24-yard run by Ryan Durdon to go up 7-6 midway through the first quarter.
Ottawa kept Concordia off the board until the 8:55 mark in the third quarter. Quarterback Andrew Perea found wideout Kiyoshi Brey for a 26-yard touchdown to extend the lead. Concordia tacked on a field goal to make it a two-score game with 1:37 left in the third.
The Brave offense turned the ball over three times in the fourth quarter, all in Bulldog territory. Byers threw two interceptions, one returned for a 100-yard touchdown by Tarrance Roby.
James Reeder, freshman running back, led Ottawa in rushing for the second straight week with 91 yards on 20 carries. He had a key fumble in the fourth quarter with the offense driving.
Byers finished completing 19 of 38 passes for 147 yards.
Marcus Fenderson, junior defensive back, led Ottawa in tackles with 10, and tackles for a loss with three.